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Let’s get real about testing during the pandemic.

April 20, 2020

Assuming you have turned on the TV in the past week or so, you are aware of all the hullabaloo about “testing” before allowing the economy to ramp up again.

Here’s why this could be a bit silly.

Are we going to test every person every day?

Because that’s what we would have to do to be sure no worker has or has had the virus.  Testing even once a week would miss people who had just been exposed but had no biological symptoms.

Thus, a worker could test negative on Monday, work all week, and then test positive next Monday.

Perhaps he (or she) might not be contagious during that week, but then, how do we know? Even the “experts” don’t seem to have a real handle on this virus yet.

Testing is useful, but it isn’t the answer to everything.

From → op-ed

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